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NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Montreal

(Monday, October 20th)

Final Score: Montreal 2, Detroit 1

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Steve Begin and Richard Zednik each posted goals and Mathieu Garon made 18 saves, as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1, at the Bell Centre.

Montreal has won four of six games (4-2) to begin the season.

Mathieu Dandenault scored for the Red Wings, who have dropped two straight games after starting the season with a 3-0 mark. Dominik Hasek turned aside 13-of-15 shots in the loss.

The Canadiens scored twice in the early portion of the second period to grab a 2-0 lead.

Begin's first of the season came at 1:45 of the second stanza. Jason Ward collected a turnover and raced in with Begin on a 2-on-0. Ward waited to the last second and slid a pass over to Begin, who beat Hasek between the pads.

Montreal pushed its lead to 2-0 on Zednik's goal at 6:02 of the second stanza. Mike Ribeiro started with the puck just inside the Detroit blueline and dished off to Zednik, who worked a nice give-and-go with Ribeiro. Zednik finished the play by placing his wrister from the left circle underneath Hasek's right arm.

The Red Wings cut the deficit to 2-1 with a shorthanded tally by Dandenault. Henrik Zetterberg backhanded a pass into the high slot for Dandenault, who wristed the puck past Garon to make it a one-goal game at 8:25 of the second.

Detroit failed to muster many quality chances in the third period despite outshooting the Canadiens, 9-2. The best opportunity to score in the final 20 minutes went to Montreal when Michael Ryder hit the post from 10 feet in front of Hasek.

Game Notes

The Red Wings assigned goaltender Curtis Joseph to their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. Joseph, who has been fighting the effects of ankle surgery, played in 61 games for Detroit last season and posted a 34-19-6 record with a 2.49 goals-against average. The Canadiens have not allowed a goal in the third period this season...Montreal has won two straight in the series after dropping the previous three.

10/20 22:21:43 ET

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